04/25/2015 – On Friday, April 24th, 2015 the Carver Center in Port Chester, N.Y. hosted a Spa Day for members of Latino Connections, a program of Family Services of Westchester [FSW]. Sandra Batista, Program Coordinator of ADAPT and Latino Connections at FSW, organized the event. For these hard working Latina mothers this was a rare, welcome and appreciated indulgence.
A continental breakfast was provided for the women and their children. Every group member had an opportunity to have a hair cut and/or styling, manicure, make-up session and neck and shoulder massage for free. At closing, each participant also received a party bag with samples to take home.
Nine hair stylists, a manicurist, two make-up artists, and one masseuse donated their services to the mothers. These 13 professionals, recruited by Ms. Batista, generously gave their time, effort, materials and talent to the group. Additionally, several local businesses donated product.
The Latino Connections program provides socialization opportunities, educational workshops, support services and linkages to community resources for recently arrived Latina immigrants living in Port Chester. Attendance is free. Weekly socialization meetings are informal and open to any new immigrants in the community on a drop-in basis. Theworkshops provide an opportunity for new immigrants to learn about their community and find ways to connect with each other as well as to engage in the network of community supports. The group currently meets once a week for two hours to discuss issues of concern that can then be addressed through individual sessions and support services at other times during the week. Each week there is an expert speaker who addresses subjects such as: parenting skills; nutrition; domestic violence; community resources; womens health issues; budgeting; schools and parent involvement. This is followed by a question and answer session and then socialization with a shared meal, often prepared by the mothers.
The staff and participants of the Latino Connections program are extremely grateful to all of the following for donating their services to this event:
|HAIR STYLISTS||HAIR, MANICURE & MASSAGE|
|Ana Barajas, Port Chester||Mayelín Nuñez, Sleepy Hollow|
|Valerie Hamonds, White Plains||Nathali Nuñez, Sleepy Hollow|
|Maribel Huertas, Westport|
|Mary of Marys Hair Salon, Ossining||MAKE-UP|
|Edga Mendez, Ossining||Ana Limón, Mt. Kisco|
|Yonoris Rivas, Port Chester||Candy Escobar|
|Maria Gamez, Port Chester|
|Anny del Orbe, Sleepy Hollow||María Isabel Lopez, Mt. Kisco|
|SPECIAL THANKS, AS WELL, TO:|
|Bryan Díaz||Port Chester Council of Community Services|
|Fabiola Montoya||Port Chester|
|Karen Fink||Family Services of Westchester, Port Chester Office|
|Friends at FSW||Sleepy Hollow and Ossining|
|Yoly Salon||Port Chester|
|Friends at Avon|
|La Flor de Jalisco Bakery||Port Chester|
|Our Host, Carver Center & its Staff, especially:||Port Chester|
|Gustavo Chef Díaz|